Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Prosthetics Representative (External) in Boston, Massachusetts

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Boston, MA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

SERVICE: Prosthetics Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1791947




OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.**

If you are a current permanent employee of the VA Nationwide, you should apply under JOA#* RS-17-DB-1790843.*


The duties of the Supervisory Prosthetic Representative are to administer, supervise, or perform work concerned with rendering prosthetic and sensory aids services to disabled patients. Included in this series is such work as: (1) Planning, developing, and directing a Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Program at the national, VISN or local level; (2) Serving as an advisor to clinicians with regard to selection, prescription, and acquisition of prosthetic devices involving furnishing information concerning such matters as new developments in the field of prosthetics and sources of supply for such devices; (3) Interpreting prescriptions of clinicians in order to make certain that proper prosthetic devices are selected for, or by, the patients; (4) Authorizing the purchase, fabrication or repair of prosthetic devices; (5) Maintaining continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspecting their facilities and services and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts; (6) Participating in investigative/research project studies by selecting patients as pilot wearers of newly developed prosthetic items, evaluating the usefulness of such items and compiling of data; and (7) Giving technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic problems to other facilities.

This work requires the application and interpretation of laws concerning benefits available to disabled patients and of the regulations, procedures and practices based thereon and, in addition, a specialized knowledge of the medical and psychological problems directly related to the use of prosthetic devices; and a specialized knowledge and understanding of the fabrication and satisfactory fitting of prosthetic devices. The administrative aspects of the work require an understanding of statistics, budgeting, contracting, procurement, human resources, the National Prosthetic Patient Database, inventory management and a knowledge of the Prosthetic national software package.

A Prosthetic Representative must have analytical ability, social awareness, tact and diplomacy, and good communication skills. He/she must possess knowledge of established management principles, concepts and methodology to identify, analyze and resolve managerial and administrative issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature. The Representative must be able to anticipate the need for action. He/she must also possess the ability to deal effectively with individuals and groups and to adjust to difficult or stressful situations.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full time, Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30 pm (40 Hrs per week) Functional Statement# 900330

NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered. NOTE: Permanent appointment subject to review and approval by a Professional Standards Board NOTE: Incomplete applications will be found ineligible and will not receive consideration NOTE: Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

(VHA Qualifications Standards)

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) b. Experience and Education (1) Experience. Three years of experience that demonstrates: knowledge of accounting methods; ability to analyze, comprehend, and apply decisions; basic knowledge of inventory management procedures; ability to use computer software packages for word processing, spreadsheet development, and database management; ability to compile, research, analyze, comprehend, and apply information or data; and ability to work as a team member in a group setting. OR, (2) Education. Education equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. OR, (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying

GRADE REQUIREMENTS: a. Definitions (1) Creditable Experience. Experience is only creditable if documented in the application and verifiable through employment references and/or other means. (2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position to be filled. (3) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a prosthetic representative is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a prosthetic representative would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work (4) Specialty Services. Services that are unique to more complex facilities. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCIU)
  • Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Driver Rehabilitation Training
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Laboratories
  • Optical Laboratories
  • Prosthetic Implants

GS-11 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Knowledge of prosthetic programs related to at least 2 specialty programs as identified in 3a(4). 2. Ability to advise clinicians on the selection, prescription, and acquisition of a full range of prosthetic devices. 3. Ability to maintain liaison with prosthetic supply manufacturers and dealers by inspecting their facilities and services, and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts by providing advisory services to contract specialists. 4. Knowledge of investigative/research studies for newly developed prosthetic items in order to select pilot wearers, and compile data on item usefulness. 5. Ability to manage and supervise. 6. Ability to initiate new ideas and approaches and demonstrate resourcefulness. 7. Ability to manage resources, e.g., space, equipment, supplies, etc., and personnel at the local level. 8. Ability to draft and/or recommend local policies and/or directives. 9. Skill in managing a prosthetic program at the local level

GS-12 (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (): (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Ability to understand the unique characteristics of sites for which responsible. 2. Skill in participating in VISN/facility initiatives, workgroups, and/or committees. *3. Ability to draft and/or recommend VISN/facility policies and/or directives

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:The work includes travel to visit contracted vendors for inventory control and monitoring. Physical exertion for this position will include both computer data input into the Prosthetics package, as well as standing, walking, stooping, reaching and similar activities in and around the inventory areas. The incumbent must be able to lift fifty (50) pounds on some occasions, and there will be instances when supplies will need to be moved for inventory purposes. The incumbent may be called upon to make patient home visits to areas where pavement is non-existent, requiring him/her to negotiate uneven terrain. Incumbent may be required to drive an automobile.

The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate (s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:** Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $77,744.00 to $101,067.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0672-12/12

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and other current permanent Federal employees of other agencies

Control Number: 452221300

Job Announcement Number: RS-17-DB-1791947